The payoff of the Snowden affair for Putin and the Russians thus far has been substantial. Just as the Kremlin’s human rights reputation, already woeful under Putin, has spiraled downward, it is able to swoop in to rescue an American political outlaw, supposedly persecuted by the Obama administration. The dissident journalist Masha Gessen has observed, “The Russian propaganda machine has not gotten this much mileage out of a U.S. citizen since Angela Davis’s murder trial in 1971.”
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Public Affairs Break
Excellent Sean Wilentz piece in The New Republic that takes the beliefs of Snowden, Greenwald, and Assange back to the roots. There's a little too much Ron Paul in here for my (and most people's) comfort. Great reading.